The Fiesta was launched by Ford India in November 2005 and is based on its European sibling. The specialty about this car is that it was built specifically to meet the requirements of prospective mid-segment car buyers in India. The manufacturer had started work on developing this car in 2002 and the first prototype was ready in mid 2004. To ensure its success as a production car, Ford’s engineers conducted customer surveys first and based on their findings improvised on its development and design. In 2008, the Fiesta was given a minor face lift for it wasn’t doing too well on the sales chart.
Design and Features:
A lot of prospective buyers shy away from the Fiesta owing to its rather bland design. The re-styled Fiesta received changes to its headlamp and front bumper design. The double barrel crystal shape derived headlamps along with gaping air dam gives the car a racy look. The mesh grille, low roofline, low boot lip and Mercedes C-class inspired tail lamps were retained. In terms of overall design, it retains the traditional three box profile of a sedan car and doesn’t stand out with respect to its competitors. The Fiesta even looks smaller than it actually is owing to its proportionately balanced styling. The interiors are practical, well appointed and there a lots of cubbyholes for storage puposes.
Ford offers seven models of its Fiesta for buyers to choose from. The Duratec variant is offered in EXI, ZXI, SXI and S trim levels while the Duratorq variant is offered in EXI, ZXI and SXI trim levels. Power windows, power steering, air conditioning and central locking is offered as standard across all models. Only the EXI models don’t get an Mp3/USB compatible music system. The ZXI and SXI models get ABS, two airbags, rear defogger and remote locking as standard. The SXI models also get electronically adjustable ORVM’s and fog-lamps. The 1.6 S Duratec model gets a stiffer suspension setup than the other variants and has been specifically tuned up in the interests of sportier handling.
Driving abilities and Comfort:
The Fiesta has impeccable driving dynamics and is currently one of the best cars that a driving enthusiast can buy within the Rs.10 lakh price range. This is truly a driver’s car. The Fiesta will make you fall in love with driving again and rekindle the boy racer hiding within you. It is a pleasure to drive this car around corners, curves and S-shaped bends. Even the straight line stability at high speeds is much better than its competitors. There is very minimal body roll while driving through winding roads. The 175/65 section tyres on 14" rims further aid its road holding capabilities.
The suspension setup is slightly on the stiffer side but that doesn’t compromise on ride quality even one bit. The Fiesta is a living proof of the fact that Ford cars offer an unbeatable combination of ride and handling package. The gas filled shock absorbers at the front and rear soak up every undulation on the road without upsetting the car. The electronic power steering is a quick ratio one and requires less turns of the wheel lock to lock than its competitors. It is very communicative and offers immense feedback to the driver.
The Fiesta is offered to buyers in both petrol and diesel engine variants. The petrol variant gets powered by a 1.6 liter Duratec mill which produces a maximum power of 101PS@6500rpm and a maximum torque of 146Nm@3400rpm. The diesel variant is powered by a 1.4 liter TDCi mill which produces a maximum power of 68PS@4000rpm and a maximum torque of 160Nm@2000rpm. During our performance tests, the Duratec variant took 12 seconds to attain the 0-100kmph acceleration run and clocked a top speed 0f 176kmph. The TDCi engine powered Fiesta took 18 seconds to reach the speed of 100kmph from standstill during the acceleration test and attained a top speed of 150kmph. The petrol Fiesta returned an overall fuel efficiency of 13 kmpl while the diesel variant gave an overall mileage of 17 kmpl. Both variants get a slick 5-speed manual transmission which is the best in its segment.
The Ford Fiesta’s petrol variant retails within the price bracket of Rs. 6.7 to 7.7 lakhs (on-road Mumbai) while the diesel one is priced in the bracket of 7.4 to 8.3 lakhs (on-road Mumbai). It competes against the likes of Maruti Sukuzi’s SX4, Honda’s City, Chevrolet’s Aveo and Hyundai’s Verna. This Ford has the best driving dynamics in its segment and is a highly competent sedan car which will fulfill your every whim and fancy. On the flipside, interior space is slightly less than its rivals and spares are on the expensive side too.
In 2005, Fiesta, was launched in India by Ford. This sedan was designed exclusively for the Indian roads and Indian market. The spacious interiors, sporty exteriors and other features also characterize this car of Ford. It offers a very comfortable and stable drive on the Indian roads. It is more spacious and taller than any other cars of its class. Though it is not very sporty, it is stylish and luxurious.
Design and Features:
Ford Fiesta looks very impressive with its aerodynamically designed body. The front appears to be very strong. Its elegant exteriors include a front grill, sporty head lamps, fog lamps and tail lights, the body coloured bumpers, 14-inch alloy wheels with 7 spoke design, body coloured mirror, large radiator and door handles. The seat adjustment, the wheel adjustment and the sound ergonomics impresses everyone.
It is spacious enough to accommodate 5 people. The cushioned seats offer good level of comfort to all of its occupants. The head room and the leg room are very comfortable in the front as well as at the back. The entry and exit are more convenient in the front when compared to the rear. The other interiors that are worth mentioning are the sturdy material of the cabin, the leather upholstery, leather covered steering wheel, the audio system with CD player(2 DIN with 6 speakers), the AC vents and reading lights. Storage spaces are very small.
The unique feature that is present in Fiesta is the Empty to destination metre, which takes the burn rate into consideration and continually displays the number of kilometers the car can go with the fuel present in the tank.
The safety features that are embedded in Fiesta are Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force (EBD), collapsible steering column, Child Lock, Side door intrusion beams and Seat belts for both the front and the rear passengers.
Driving abilities and comfort:
The drive quality of Fiesta is very smooth. It has the power of running speedily and through the shifts effortlessly. The Acceleration is good, ride quality is comfortable and steering is also efficient. The suspension features are also tuned well. It can be called as driver’s car. The Fiesta was developed by the engineers from India, Germany, U.K. and Australia. The noise in the cabin is considerably less. With spacious interiors, it offers comfort to its occupants. Whether you drive the car or like to chauffeured around it always makes you happy.
The Fiesta Duratec 1.6 SXI, Fiesta Duratec 1.6 ZXI and 1.6 S come with a 1.6L In-line 4 cylinder 16Valve, 101ps@6500rpm engine with a 146 nm of torque at only 3400rpm. The Fiesta 1.4 TDCi ZXI is powered by a 1.4L 8 Valve, 67 bhp engine that pumps out 160 nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard across all trims.
Fiesta’s diesel engine, a 1.4 CRDI (common rail direct injection), is one of the most drivable in its class. The proprietary TDCi Duratorq engine is a high pressure common rail system- along with a tiny pilot injection system which injects diesel giving a small early burn that smoothes the big bang. In spite of having good performance to back it up the Ford engines are not heavy on the pocket.
They give descent mileage whether you use them in the city or on the Highway.
The Ford Fiesta stands in competition to Chevrolet Aveo, Swift Dezire & the Indigo.
The Ford Fiesta is available in seven variants of petrol and diesel. They are the Fiesta Duratec 1.4 TDCi EXI, 1.6 Duratec EXI, 1.6 Duratec ZXI, 1.4 TDCi ZXI, 1.6 Duratec SXI, 1.4 TDCi SXI and 1.6 S. 1.6 Duratec ZXI.
The prices of the different variants of Fiesta range from Rs. 6.4 Lakhs to Rs. 9 Lakhs.